College of the North Atlantic ranks third in Canada among public colleges for applied research income.
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The College of the North Atlantic campus in Carbonear has had a decreased in enrolment of three per cent from 2012 to 2013.
College of the North Atlantic ranks third in Canada among public colleges for applied research income, according to Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, an inaugural report issued by Research Infosource Inc.
The ranking is based on a college’s ability to attract funding investments for applied research and development. In the 2012 fiscal year, College of the North Atlantic attained $6,026,000 in research income with 25 faculty members involved in applied research projects.
“One of the strengths of College of the North Atlantic is the extensive knowledge base and the professional qualities that our faculty members bring to the classroom, to communities, and in support of industry,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, the college’s president and CEO.
“Engaging in applied research is central to the community connection and relevance that comes from College of the North Atlantic. These activities enhance the classroom experience for our students as our faculty members are continuously engaged in the sectors for which they provide training.”
Active projects that involve multiple funding and participating partners include disciplines such as: mining, manufacturing technology, agrifoods, petroleum, and wave powered pumping for aquaculture.
“We are extremely proud of this recognition and acknowledge the significance of our standing amongst our peers,” said Mohammed Iqbal, the college’s chair of applied research.
“The college has been actively pursuing small and medium sized businesses to work with so we can assist in modifying and enhancing their business aptitudes. We also have some significant projects underway that are not only unique to their respective industries, but are also introducing new methodologies to those industries.”
As an example, in 2012, Dr. Gary Thompson, a geochemist at the college’s Burin campus and an associate of the Office of Applied Research, was selected by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council as the only Atlantic Canadian college representative to receive a new Industrial Research Chairs for College’s grant.
The grant supports an ongoing research partnership with mining giant Vale for an additional five years. Dr. Thompson’s work focuses on new process development and technology innovations and applied mineralogy, and linking geology and characterization of ore deposits with recovery processes.
A number of the college’s initiatives have also been supported by Springboard Atlantic, a not-for-profit organization to Atlantic Canadian universities and colleges which helps transfer knowledge and technology to the region's private sector.
College of the North Atlantic is Newfoundland and Labrador’s public college. The Office of Applied Research explores ways to apply new knowledge to promote sustainable economic activity. With researchers and facilities located at several campuses, and connected by a modern communication network, CNA responds to industry and community needs across the province.